Thursday, June 16, 2016

Spraying to begin to combat moth and budworm

Posted By on Thu, Jun 16, 2016 at 12:54 PM

The Douglas-fir tussock moth - U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • The Douglas-fir tussock moth
The city is about to begin a spraying program for the tussock moth, in cooperation with other agencies.

The city's release:
The Pikes Peak Region is currently experiencing a near-epidemic infestation of two species of defoliating moths in our forests; the Douglas-fir tussock moth and western spruce budworm. Their activity causes thousands of trees to become defoliated, or have the needles eaten down to the branch or twig. These trees are brown and “appear dead", although many may not be. In order to protect our forests, the City of Colorado Springs' Forestry Division will be implementing an aerial treatment plan to spray approximately 4,000 acres beginning June 21.

The treatment will take place over seven to ten days and is subject to change as application operations are highly weather dependent. The City has hired Frontier Helicopter, who will use a Bell Jet Ranger helicopter to apply a biological control pesticide treatment. North Cheyenne Canyon, Blodgett Peak Open Space, Jones Park, portions of Cheyenne Mtn. State Park, the Cheyenne Mtn. Zoo, isolated sections of the Pike National Forest and some Broadmoor amenities will experience road and trail closures for short periods of time during treatment. For more information on the progression of the spraying process, you can view the maps by visiting https://www.coloradosprings.gov/tussock. 
The participating agency, its acreage, and the amount contributed to the effort:

City of Colorado Springs, 816 acres, $64,464
The Broadmoor, 1,342 acres, $106,018
Cheyenne Mountain State Park, 338.5 acres, $26,741
El Paso County, 198.5 acres, $15,681
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, 275.4 acres, $21,756
Cheyenne Mountain Propagation, 198.3 acres, $15,665
Broadmoor Resort Community, 143.1 acres, $11,304
Pike National Forest, 399.5 acres, $31,560
Total Project Cost: $293,192

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